Saturday, 9 July 2016

A Pinch of Soult

Hinton Hunt FN 357: Marshal Soult
Marshal Soult, after Marcus Hinton
I've calculated that I need to paint a general with every unit left to do in my phase-one French army if I'm to match the Prussians. The plan is to start them at the half-way point of each unit. This acts as a very effective incentive to get things done!

This would have been a little hard to do a few months ago, but is achievable now because I've recently acquired a beautiful set of almost all the French general staff figures. I think they're probably mainly David Clayton castings.

The figure I've chosen to do first is Hinton Hunt FN 357: Marshal Soult, on horse FNH 10: French general officer's horse.


Marshal Soult
Marshal Soult, after Jean Broc



I chose him for two reasons. Firstly, which will come as no surprise to anyone, is his magnificent uniform! It's a beautiful representation, complete with marshal's baton, of the portrait of Soult dressed as a Colonel-General of Chasseurs which was commissioned by Napoleon to hang in the Tuileries Palace in Paris.

The second reason is that he'll remind me that I really need to get some French Guard infantry completed before too long!

However, there's that combined voltiguers battalion to do first, which should follow soon.

WM

11 comments :

  1. Excellant looking figure, full of character, Tony

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  2. Soult is a great choice...and the paint job is a great one!

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    1. Thank you, Stokes. He looked quite daunting at the start, but came together without mishap. A very nicely detailed figure.

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  4. Lovely work Matt and well done for getting (or almost getting) the complete set. Did you get the ADC figure? Remember we had some doubt about the one I had - would be nice to see one!

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    1. I did, and as he's supposed to have the most outrageous sky-blue facings I'm very tempted to do him next!

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  5. The braid work is most impressive, classy looking figure.

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    1. Cheers Matt. All the gold bits miraculously landed pretty much where they were supposed to, which has never happened to me before!

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  6. Delectable! As always your brush is in complete sympathy with the figurine. It will be good to see all the Fench staff together in a Team photo.

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    1. Why thank you, LG.

      I felt pretty pleased with myself over this one until I realised that I'd painted the turnbacks of his coat tails the wrong colour! I'm also suffering badly from Old Guard Chasseur envy.

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